The recent collapse of the SIPPS arm of pension provider Berkeley Burke has highlighted the issues faced by many consumers who continue to receive bad advice on their personal investments.
According to figures released by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), compensation pay outs to savers badly advised to transfer money away from defined benefit (DB) pensions have doubled over the past two years.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently announced plans to ban the marketing of mini-bonds to casual investors – a ban which is set to come into action from the 1st January 2020. The decision comes after the FCA were criticised for their handling of the London Capital & Finance scandal, which happened at the start of 2019.
The appeal of mini-bonds (on paper) can’t be denied. With returns of 6.5% to 8%, London Capital & Finance’s offerings certainly attracted many investors, keen to maximise their profits. However, when the company collapsed earlier in 2019, it left over 11,000 customers out of pocket.
In these environmentally-aware times, increasing numbers of people are keen to invest in sustainable products. However, doubt has been cast over just how eco-friendly or ethical these investment products actually are. In fact, it’s become such an issue that the FCA have promised to tackle the problem head-on.
When the government offered retirees more freedom with their pensions in 2015, thousands signed up for annuities in the belief they would benefit from a sustainable income that reflected their personal circumstances.
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) have become one of the most popular methods of investment for many people due to the high levels of tax efficiency they offer.
Financial mis-selling refers to a situation in which you, the client, were sold a financial product without receiving the right information.
It is estimated that approximately one-third of UK pensions have been mis-sold, with the number of people applying for compensation doubling in the last two years
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